Hi I'm Jane.

I help people get "unstuck" and live

meaningful lives.

Coaching | Consulting | Workshops + Speaking



I am a life and executive coach, speaker, corporate trainer, and workplace consultant. My work is focused on helping individuals and groups make progress on positive, sustainable growth and change across any area of life.

Ask a client of mine and they’ll likely tell you that I’ll help you make sense of the chaos in your brain that is preventing you from seeing something clearly, feeling confident, getting past burnout, making a choice, and simply being your best, fullest self.

I also lead original workshop programs, trainings, and keynote speeches. I was Adjunct Faculty in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago for nearly two years. 

I have coached and trained leaders and individual contributors at Fortune List organizations and start-ups across 5 continents, from a multitude of industries ranging from finance to nonprofits and education, technology and creative fields to medicine, law, and government. I have worked with 6 political candidates, including a National Congressional candidate who won the 2018 North Carolina Congressional Democratic Party Primary as well as another who saw her fundraising rates more than double in less than 3 weeks as a result of improved confidence and clarity in communications.

I frequently contribute to and am featured in well-known outlets on personal and professional development; I’ve been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Essence, Working Mother, Huffington Post, and more.



Everything we’ll do together is focused on your individual values, wants, needs, and goals. I’ll partner with you to drive forward progression on anything from launching a new business or thriving as a new manager to becoming a better public speaker or navigating a change like moving across the country–or world. Whatever your goals are, I am 100% in on what matters to you, what it is that you want, and helping you make that happen.

My style goes beyond simply life coaching, executive coaching, or career coaching. I employ proven techniques based on positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness to create a safe space to enable you to explore thoughts and desires that you might have not yet realized. Here are some of the techniques I use:

Get clear on what you want – Together we’ll expand and build your vision so you can see, feel, smell, taste, and ultimately step into this.

Find new perspectives and mindsets – Ever find yourself stuck in your head because you can only see one or two options for something? There are always different perspectives and ways to view situations. I’ll help you access these and get better at finding them yourself.

Fully see and feel where you are right now – Coaching is forward looking, this means we won’t delve into the past (this would be something to do with a therapist) but rather look forward. To truly move forward you have to get really clear on where you are right now so we’ll use research-based mindfulness techniques to help you fully experience this moment in your life and career, and use that to propel you to where you want to be. 

Manage internal mind chatter – The human brain processes over 400,000 thoughts a day. Many of these thoughts are controlled by self-sabotaging voices full of self-hate. I’ll expose you to strategies informed by neuroscience to help you reduce and manager the negative voices while also turning up the volume on the wiser, clearer voices.

Accountability – All my coaching programs offer accountability which is a key part of making and sustaining real change. I’m available to my ongoing clients via text and email in between sessions and we’ll co-create what type of accountability structure will best serve you. 


My company The New Exec works new and ascending leaders, founders, ambitious professionals, and any person wanting real support to move forward on a goal, project, or vision. Through The New Exec I offer corporate coaching programs as well as highly rated trainings and workshop programs for schools, community groups, start-ups, and Fortune List organizations. 

My coaching can be on any area of life or work but most of my clients are high performing individuals who understand that growth, success, and fulfillment is driven by you, but influenced and sustained by your support system. You don’t need a coach by your side, you have to want one; I’d love to be the coach who helps you reach new heights.

I also work with political candidates, often women making first-time runs for office. I partner with candidates on growing their confidence and presence, as well as developing public speaking and debating skills. I help candidates discover who they are at their best, articulate this and what they stand for, and constantly be this best version of themselves.

I have 600+ coaching and consulting hours, have taught and trained over 2,000 adult learners, and have worked across 5 continents. I hold a certification in life coaching through the International Coaching Science Research Foundation. I am a trained Co-Active Coach and will complete the International Coach Federation (ICF) credentialing process through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the largest, oldest, and most intensive in-person coach training in the world in winter 2019.


1:1 Coaching

When I’m asked what coaching is I often say, “I help people make sense of the chaos in their brains so they can get unstuck and then do something.

Coaching is an ongoing relationship in which we’ll work together to explore your wants and desires. We’ll get clear on what matters to you, what fulfillment and success means to you, and what’s getting in your way. I’ll then help you take action.

We’ll set clear goals from the beginning so that we know what success will look like and be able to measure progress. Together we’ll create a clear vision for what you truly want and then I’ll help you achieve it.

Workshops & Speaking

Groups take on a life and energy of their own, and create a unique learning and growth environment. 

I build original and effective trainings on personal and professional development topics for organizations and academic institutions of various sizes. I deliver keynote motivational speeches on anything from managing self-sabotaging thoughts to empowerment to communications and goal setting.

I create custom programs and tailor existing content to fit virtually any need.

It takes a skilled facilitator to move a group along, at the right pace, together; which is what all of my clients and partners indicate I do for them and their teams. Over 95% of those who attend my programs report actually using the material in their lives. 


Consulting & Mentorship

Careers are tricky to navigate and a company can be beyond challenging to launch, grow, or scale, or simply stick with when times get tough. Sometimes you need an external POV or just an unbiased ear.

My career and business mentorship and consulting is a bit more directive than coaching. It’s perfect when you know what you want, but might not know exactly how to get there or what specific blockers might get in your way.

I consult and mentor on anything from  interview and pitch preparation, job search strategy, LinkedIn optimization, and more.  

I also offer workplace consulting for large and small organizations through my company, The New Exec.


I had a long-time dream of moving to Europe but was unsure of how to navigate a new job market where I lacked a network. Not only was I looking for a visa, but I was also wanted to move out of operations. 

Jane helped me get clear about what I wanted and tell my story in a confident, compelling way. She was also the best motivator during (many) times of insecurity and doubt.

Four short months later, I am moving to Berlin to work in strategic partnerships!

Jane has a gift for breaking down complex goals into manageable, achievable steps. She helped me realize how much I have to offer and has empowered me to build a life I love.

Danke, Jane!

Nicole K., 31

Berlin, Germany

Jane was beyond helpful. I have been feeling stuck in regards to whether to stick with a business I’ve started or find a full-time job. I had talked to so many friends and family members and thought about the decision so much that I was in decision paralysis.

Jane helped me clear up my thoughts and feelings about it so that I can move onto the next step without regret. I finally found clarity, and she gave me confidence that I can go out and do amazing things. I look forward to working with her in the future!


Emily C., 27

Carlsbad, CA

I’ve been working with Jane Scudder for over six months now and have been really happy with the growth she’s helped me achieve. Jane challenges me, in a highly supportive way, to see things from a new perspective. She helped me discover effective and creative ways to focus on what really mattered and recognize my accomplishments as I was juggling a long-distance move, a new profession, and moving away from my sons.

In addition, knowing I have to report what I’ve accomplished between sessions helps me focus and turn good ideas into solid action.

I highly recommend Jane Scudder as a coach!

Lisa B., 52

Chicago, IL


The best way to understand what I do is to experience it. To allow for this, and to determine if we’re a good fit, I offer a free sample coaching session at absolutely no obligation. During this time you’ll get completely free coaching on any topic of your choice. We’ll also review what it is that you wish to accomplish in a partnership and I can answer any questions about my approach, style, and background.

For corporate work and speaking engagements it’s best to start with a quick email and we can set up a longer consultation.

The longer you wait the longer you'll feel stuck

(Or just wonder what this is all about!)